Deadlines are looming at work. I haven’t even really begun the “Sew Retro: The Starlet Suit Jacket” class. But, I’m desperate for a distraction. You know, something that’s fun and that you know you can do. Something to look forward to after all the hard stuff has been done for the day. Actually, something to do instead of the hard stuff! This week for me that was my mom’s Jackie O dress. I’ve been sewing a little bit each night while listening to Radiolab podcasts.
Over the past many months, the dress has been fit, cut out, basted to the silk organza underlining, and sewn together. It even has its zipper, and it nearly has its hem (marked, pressed, seam tape stitched on – just needs the hand stitching). The crepe de chine lining has even been prepped, but it still needs to be cut and sewn. It feels so good to have something coming together.
As an aside, how do you guys preshrink your crepe de chine? I followed the instructions in Sandra Betzina’s More Fabric Savvy, which was recommended to me during my first sewing class, but what I really wanted to do was stick it in the wash. I might throw some of the little pieces I have left over from my lining in the wash just to find out what happens. See, even when I’m procrastinating on doing science, I’m still thinking about experiments.